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Posts Tagged ‘Evan Spiegel’

Snapchat Admits That It Made Up All That ‘Privacy’ Stuff

snapchatWe’ve known for some time that Snapchat‘s privacy claims don’t quite add up, and today the network and the Federal Trade Commission have reached an agreement on that point.

What does this mean? Basically, Evan Spiegel and company will officially admit that snaps don’t really “disappear forever” (they never did) and that recipients may, in fact, preserve the images/clips indefinitely in several ways without letting the sender know.

Here’s the big one: in addition to the false claims about disappearing snaps, the company also copped to collecting and transmitting user data despite claims to the contrary–and its recent security breach theoretically allowed hackers to collect that data.

Sound familiar?

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Snapchat Slowly Learning How to Respond to Messages

Confession: we almost enjoy picking on Snapchat at this point.

The latest “scandal” to rock the kings of “now I can show you how drunk I am and my mom will never see the evidence” technology concerns spam. Lots of spam, as in promotional messages sent by people who may dare call themselves “marketers.”

This is nothing new, but on a positive note it seems the company may have learned something from its history of “whatevs” responses to crises: this blog post appeared Monday before we’d even heard of the story via the Huffington Post.

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See: totally reasonable, instructions included. Baby steps!

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HBO’s New Sitcom Will Entourage the Tech Set

shutterstock_110088764For a quick minute last week we had a theory that Sam Biddle of Valleywag and Evan Spiegel of Snapchat were engaged in a battle of wits to determine who could most successfully make the archetypal Southern California startup dude look like a douchebag.

We quickly deposited that theory in the overflowing “dumb thoughts we had today” box, but now it looks like the guy behind Beavis and Butthead might just beat them both to the punch.

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Snapchat CEO Performs Some So-So Damage Control

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel may not care for “controversial” questions, but when faced with an unavoidable problem he had no choice but to go on damage control duty. We’re not quite sure whether this quick Today clip effectively addresses the “millions of usernames and partial phone numbers published” scandal, though…

He basically just said “This happens to everybody. Sorry. We’re working with law enforcement”, and he didn’t offer anything resembling an apology.

That’s not all.

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Snapchat’s CEO Can’t Handle Your ‘Controversial’ Questions, OK?

Oh hai.What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Snapchat?”

If you answered “sexting!” then you have something in common with every other person on Earth who’s heard the word “Snapchat”. Marketers tried to get us into it last year, but people will always associate the name with quick, flirty texts and pictures that destroy themselves after a few seconds—no evidence, no problem. What could go wrong, right?

Yeah, OK, but app creator and company CEO Evan Spiegel would prefer that you members of the media not ask him anything about that. He’d rather you stick to talking about how shy he was in high school or how much he loves Red Bull or how he doesn’t mind living with his parents or anything other than the one subject that is the only reason you would ever want to interview him in the first place (sorry dude, but you know it’s true).

Some journalists are in a bit of a huff over this lightweight Spiegel profile in hometown paper The Palisadian-Post, primarily because of the following disclaimer:

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That’s one way to (not) avoid controversy.

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